George School Celebrates 50th Anniversary of French-American Student Exchange Program
Monday, April 9, 2007
Issued: April 6
A celebration on the George
School campus on Saturday, April 14, 2007, will mark the 50th anniversary of
the French-American student exchange program between Lycée Alfred Kastler—a school located in Guebwiller, France—and George School. The event
will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Walton Center Auditorium.
"Our research has shown that
this is the longest-running exchange program between a French high school and
an American high school," says George School French teacher Claudie
Fischer, who has organized George School's participation in the exchange for
the past thirty years. "In March, I traveled to Lycée Alfred Kastler with two
of my colleagues and a group of George School students for this year's exchange
trip. We were feted with a lovely public ceremony. Our friends in France
celebrated the anniversary with delightful enthusiasm."
This year's exchange group from the French
school arrived at George School on April 5 with teacher Alain Collange. At the
April 14 celebration, Claudie and Alain will speak, and current and past
exchange participants will share their memories of the cross-cultural
experience. In addition, the celebration will feature a slide show with photos
of the exchange from 1958 to the present.